Several law enforcement departments in Brazil were involved in busting a criminal organization linked to international and interstate drug trafficking from the port of Paranaguá, along the Paraná river in the state of Parana. The operation under the code name Downfall included the Brazilian Federal Police, PF, the Civil Force from the state of Paraná and the Federal Revenue Office.
Uruguayan Customs authorities are to deploy three new state-of-the-art scanners for border control, Economy and Finance Minister Azucena Arbeleche announced Monday during the opening of the VIII Regional Meeting of the Global Container Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. The plan is an initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organization.
Argentina's Customs General Directorate created a department within its structure to monitor drug trafficking through the Uruguay River, it was announced Friday. The new task force will increase controls on regional transshipments where various containers featuring cocaine have been detected recently.
Venezuela's military strength in the northernmost Paraguaná peninsula on the Caribbean seashore has been upped Thursday as President Nicolás Maduro urged authorities from the Dutch territories of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao to join efforts against drug trafficking in the area.
US President Joseph Biden has issued yet another declaration including Venezuela and Bolivia among the countries that do not fight drug trafficking.
Colombian new president Gustavo Petro has referred to the murder of Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, who was killed in May on the island of Barú, in the Colombian Caribbean. This crime has been linked this week to Uruguayan drug trafficker Sebastián Marset, fugitive of Uruguay’s and Paraguay’s justice, and accused of ordering Pecci’s execution.
Uruguayan drug trafficker Sebastián Marset has been accused of ordering the death of Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, who was murdered in May on the island of Barú, in the Colombian Caribbean, reported Colombian newspaper El Tiempo on Tuesday.
Despite several convictions in his native Colombia, Dairo Antonio Usuga, leader of the Gulf Clan drug-trafficking gang better known as “Otoniel” has been extradited to the United States on Wednesday to face various charges in both New York and Florida.
Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez landed Thursday evening in New York in handcuffs and escorted by US law enforcement officers as he was being extradited to stand trial for drug trafficking.
The Presidents of Colombia (Iván Duque) and Ecuador (Guillermo Lasso), Sunday agreed to reopen the borders between the two countries as of Dec. 1 after they were closed in March 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions.